Goals & Activities

The Power of We Consortium has established six major goal areas:

Progress toward each of these goals is tracked with 31 indicators of community well-being.

The Power of We Consortium has developed an efficient model for coordinating and leveraging resources in support of its goals. It is not a centralized model designed to "fix" the community's problems. Rather, it is a decentralized, collaborative model for brokering the relationships, information, and resources that maximize impact. Though counter-intuitive for some, the PWC model does more with less. That is, rather than create new, expensive, and cumbersome administrative structures to address each challenging social need, it uses the power of communication, collaboration, and accountability to focus resources where they're most needed.

The Power of We Consortium gets its work done through coalitions and committees composed of its member and affiliate organizations, monthly member meetings, and its members’ well-established institutional systems and structures. PWC coalitions (sometimes referred to as collaboratives, networks, or councils) are formed to address the complex challenges that are beyond the means of our individual members to address. They focus attention and activity where they’re needed – on the area’s highest need populations – rather than on new vehicles or organizations that might distract energy and resources from the critical social issues. They also serve to keep the PWC connected to the community’s real needs and many assets – they monitor the community’s pulse, improve residents’ access to institutional resources, and employ a diversity of strategies to serve high-need populations.

In turn, three Power of We Consortium committee support the work of the coalitions and PWC members. The Data Committee enhances the generation, availability, and application of meaningful, geographic- or population-specific data and information and uses it to monitor the PWC's 31 indicators. The Leadership and Practice Committee identifies the capacity-building needs of faith-based and community organizations and coordinates efforts to meet them. The third PWC committee, the Investors Steering Committee (ISC), coordinates and expands local and external resources to support PWC activities, with a focus on the work of faith-based and community organizations. Composed of the PWC's founding institutional members, the ISC combines and leverages a variety of financial and other resources and strategically invests those resources to maximize impact and achieve PWC goals. It is the Investors Steering Committee, therefore, that monitors the PWC's accountability to its members and funders.

Monthly Power of We Consortium meetings include three parts: an opportunity to learn about a new community initiative—usually consisting of a presentation from a PWC member, coalition, or committee; action items related to PWC-sponsored initiatives; and reports regarding ongoing PWC activity. Facilitation of monthly PWC meetings is rotated among the two PWC co-chairs. To maintain continuity in leadership, the co-chairs are elected annually from among the PWC's founding institutional members to two-year, staggered terms.

To maximize efficiency and minimize administrative burdens, the Power of We Consortium is supported by the administrative structures of its member organizations. The Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) serves as the administrative, fiduciary, and staff home of the PWC, its Leadership and Practice Committee, and its Investors Steering Committee. The Capital Area United Way serves as the administrative, fiduciary, and staff home of the Data Committee. Investors Steering Committee members use cost-sharing arrangements to engage a team of staff within the ICHD and consultants to provide support for the PWC and its committees. That team is composed of the coordinator of the PWC, who is housed at the ICHD; the ICHD's Director of Planning and Special Services; a project manager; and an administrative assistant. As appropriate, consultants are engaged to provide evaluation and other expertise to develop and monitor PWC projects.

For more information about the Power of We Consortium, contact Peggy Roberts at (517) 887-4691.